The government shutdown and the debt ceiling
limit immediately facing us have spiraled to a
feverish pitch. Things are rapidly moving and
changing, so I wanted to keep you updated on
where I stand on these issues, as well as action
I have taken to reimburse the state for
re-opening our national parks.
BIPARTISAN PLAN TO REOPEN THE
GOVERNMENT, PREVENT DEFAULT
Earlier today I announced my support for
compromise legislation to reopen the government
and prevent a default. While this bill
isnâ€™t perfect, it is a path forward to
reopen the government and prevent an
economy-shaking default. When Republicans control
only one-half of one-third of the federal
government, we have to understand what is
achievable and what is not. Too many were led to
believe we could accomplish something that was
never possible â€“ namely defunding ObamaCare
through a government shutdown.
This legislation locks in significant spending
reductions against bitter opposition from the
other side of the aisle who want to raise the
American peopleâ€™s taxes to spend more money
we simply donâ€™t have. That is an
achievement that cannot be overstated.
It is frustrating to see that despite the many
flaws of ObamaCare â€“ as evidenced by the
disastrous roll out of the health care exchanges
on October 1 â€“ that President Obama and
Senate Democrats were unwilling to work with
Republicans on behalf of the American people to
make some very common-sense changes to the law.
One of the changes I pushed for was a repeal of
the medical device tax, which impacts more than
10,000 jobs in Utah alone.
Unfortunately, President Obama was missing in
action during this debate, save for hosting a few
brief meetings at the White House.
Washingtonâ€™s runaway spending is going to
swallow us whole unless we act, and thatâ€™s
going to require the President to step into the
fray and be the leader he was elected to be,
because the fact is that there are more fights
ahead to get our spending under control.
UTAH DESERVES REIMBURSEMENT FOR
RE-OPENING NATIONAL PARKS
I also announced legislation today that I am
cosponsoring that would reimburse states within
90 days for any state funds used to reopen
National Parks that were closed due to the
government shutdown. The legislation would
reimburse the state of Utah for reopening 8 units
of the National Park System in the state: The
Mighty Five â€“ Arches National Park, Bryce
Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park,
Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National
Park; as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument,
Natural Bridges National Monument, and Glen
Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake
Our beautiful parks are one of the key
economic drivers in our state, and Governor
Herbert did the right thing in working out an
agreement with the Department of the Interior.
Itâ€™s only fair and right for the state to
be reimbursed for picking up the federal
governmentâ€™s slack. I hope Majority Leader
Reid will bring this bill up for a vote soon so
Utah taxpayers can be reimbursed.
I will continue to fight for Utahâ€™s
interests on these and other critical issues that
are greatly affecting the future of our state and